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Obscura Society DC: The Secret History of Meridian Hill Park

Join us on a special walking tour of this neighborhood oasis and hidden national treasure

Sitting one and half miles north of the White House, Meridian Hill Park is one of the most unique parks in the National Park System.

The 12-acre park is home to four memorials & statues, including one to the 15th president James Buchanan and another to Joan of Arc, the only female equestrian statute in Washington DC. While the land was purchased in 1910, the park wasn’t finally completed until 1936 costing over $1.5 million. Listed on both the National Registrar of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, the park was designed in the tradition of French and Italian aristocrats.

Join Obscura Society DC field agent and tour guide Fiona Clem for a walking tour of this beautiful park. We'll learn about the features, history, design and landscaping of this neighborhood and National Park. 

Notes for this Adventure:

  • The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow), which is about a 10-15 min walk from the park. 
  • We will meet inside the park at the northwest corner closest to 16th and Euclid Streets, NW.
  • The tour will end in the southwest corner of the park closest to 16th and W Streets, NW.
  • We will be walking approximately a mile, so please wear appropriate shoes, bring water and a hat. Unfortunately, the park is not wheelchair accessible. 

 All tickets sales are final. Any questions about this event, contact Obscura Society DC Field Agent Fiona Clem at fiona.clem@atlasobscura.com